IUPUI Center for Study of Religion and American Culture receives Lilly Endowment grant

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Round-table conference hosted by the IUPUI Center for Study of Religion and American Culture

There can be a sense of isolation for young professors teaching classes about religion in North America. They come out of graduate programs to begin their careers at small colleges or universities as the school’s sole instructor on the subject. Their professional outlook, and maybe even their personal well-being, would be greatly enhanced by a postgraduate peer group.

IUPUI offers just that in its Young Scholars in American Religion program through the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts. And through a recent $1.15 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the program will continue benefiting those just-starting-out scholars for the next five years.

“This gives them a community. Together they will work on issues related to scholarship, teaching, career goals, how to get promoted and tenured, how to get along with difficult colleagues, and life/work balance — and that group will stay close for the rest of their careers,” said Philip Goff, Chancellor’s Professor of American Studies and Religious Studies and the center’s director since 2000. “A lot of these people don’t know each other until they meet that first time in Indianapolis, and they become best friends by the end.”

More than 160 faculty have gone through the program, which began in 1991 and has been funded by Lilly since 2002. Each installation of the program is composed of 10 to 12 new faculty paired with two senior mentors; they meet four to five times over two years. Admission is highly competitive, with only about 10 percent of applicants accepted.

“New faculty members stepping into their first teaching posts face several professional challenges as they work to balance teaching and research responsibilities,” said Christopher L. Coble, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for religion. “The Young Scholars in American Religion program has established an excellent track record in providing mentors to younger faculty to help them make this transition.”

“The program not only helps young faculty survive — it helps them thrive,” Goff said. “And they continue to turn to each other for good advice.”

In addition to maintaining the Young Scholars in American Religion program, the grant from Lilly Endowment will also fund several more years of the Center’s biennial conferences on religion and American culture.

Held every June in odd-numbered years, the two-day conferences bring together scholars across various disciplines. Speakers sit three at a time at a round table in the center of a room with risers all around it for the other conference attendees. They are given a question in advance and allowed ten minutes to offer their comments; then the discussion continues in the audience for the next hour.

“We purposely tried to remake the academic conference,” Goff said. “We avoided multiple sessions where people go in different directions. Everyone’s together in the same room for each discussion for several days, so the conversation builds. There’s a lot of cross-fertilization of ideas — it’s intense.

“It has quickly taken on an aura. At traditional conferences where speakers deliver papers, people talk about the ‘Indianapolis way,’ commenting on how IUPUI does things differently. We try to promote a culture of conversation.”

Indiana Humanities seeking experts for Frankenstein-themed speakers bureau

Next year, Indiana Humanities is sponsoring an ambitious statewide read of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, which turns 200 in 2018. They’re looking for scholars and experts in the humanities and sciences to take part in a Frankenstein-themed speakers bureau. Like any enduring work of fiction, Frankenstein has been studied by generations of scholars and continues to inspire conversation and creativity in the present. The speakers bureau aims to offer talks that can help ordinary Hoosiers delve into the many layers of interpretation of the book, appreciate its extraordinary history, and consider the specific ways it may provide reflection and insight in our increasingly technological and interconnected world. Each talk should be about 45 minutes plus time for questions and/or discussion with the audience. Talks can be delivered with or without additional media such as slides, images, film clips, etc. Talks for adult, teen, or youth audiences are welcome. Scholars will earn $400/talk + mileage. See the full call for scholars, including how to apply, here (link PDF).

Expertise comes in many forms, but typically Indiana Humanities is looking for people with advanced training in relevant humanities fields or STEM fields as they relate to Frankenstein. They are open to full-time and adjunct faculty as well as graduate students. 

Faculty & Staff Development Opportunities

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This list is provided by the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning Office of Community Engagement newsletter. The Center for Service and Learning does not endorse or sponsor any conferences or workshops in this newsletter with the exception of those planned by their office. Individuals are responsible for contacting the event sponsors for additional information.

Center for Service and Learning – Awards, Grants & Scholarships

Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase Poster Presentation Applications Now Open

Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

About: Poster presentations will once again be a part of the Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase being held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The showcase recognizes the impact of each of these things on the IUPUI campus and in the community. Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to apply.

Audience: Students, faculty, and staff

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Sponsor(s): Center for Service and Learning

 

Accepting Nominations for the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion

Nomination Deadline: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

About: The Plater Civic Engagement Medallion was established in 2006 to honor graduates who have excelled in their commitment to the community through activities such as service learning, volunteerism, community/social issue advocacy, community work-study, and political engagement.

Audience: Faculty, staff, and students

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Sponsor(s): Center for Service and Learning

 

Dissemination Grants

Application Deadline: Through April 2017 or until funding is exhausted.

About: The Center for Service and Learning has designated funds for small dissemination grants between $250 and $750. These grants are available to support faculty and instructional staff in disseminating work associated with civic and community engagement in higher education, particularly work that raises critical questions, identifies innovative practices, or builds the knowledge base related to:

  • service learning and related community-engaged pedagogies
  • community-university partnerships
  • public scholarship, community-based participatory research/design, and knowledge mobilization
  • institutionalization of community-engagement

Audience: Full-time IUPUI faculty, lecturers, clinical faculty, and instructional staff. Part-time faculty may also be eligible with support from their chair/director.

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Sponsor(s): Center for Service and Learning

 

Center for Service & Learning – Convenings, Workshops & Conferences

Applying the IUPUI Service Learning Taxonomy to Further Service Learning Practice and Research

Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Hine Hall 234D

About: In this highly interactive workshop, Dr. Julie Hatcher and Tom Hahn will use the new IUPUI Service Learning Taxonomy to provide a framework for improving service learning pedagogy and research. Attendees will be able to compare their current service learning practice to the framework of the taxonomy and discuss ways to enhance selected components of course design.  Further, attendees will be able to discuss potential research studies on service learning based on the taxonomy.

Audience: Interested faculty, administrators, staff, and graduate students.

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Sponsor(s): Center for Service and Learning

 

Service Learning the Basics: Introduction to Community Project Planning

Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Time: Noon – 1:15 pm

Location: CSL Conference Room, Hine Hall 234D

About:The service or community-based project is an essential building block of service learning course/program design. One distinguishing feature of these projects is instructors working closely with community agency(ies) to collaboratively design the project as well as develop shared goals, processes, and intended project outcomes. In this session, we will discuss strategies for working with community stakeholders on project design, including logistics, appropriate timelines, effective communication, and shared goal setting. Attendees may be new to service learning or community-based project planning or looking to refresh their skill set in working with community partners.

Audience: Faculty, staff, administrators, and students

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Sponsor(s): Center for Service and Learning

 

Campus Opportunities – Awards, Grants, & Scholarships

IU Grand Challenges Initiative – RFP

Proposals Due: Friday, November 11th, 2016

About: Grand Challenges are defined in the Bicentennial Strategic Plan as “major and large-scale problems” facing humanity that can “only be addressed by multidisciplinary teams of the best researchers.”The development, proposal, and selection process in 2016-17 will facilitate the creation of a diverse array of initial concept proposals from faculty and deans during the fall semester. Approximately five will be selected for further development during spring semester 2017, and ultimately one recipient will be selected for implementation in late 2017 or early 2018. Proposals not selected in 2016-17 may be revised and resubmitted in future years, or may be considered for other types of research funding if appropriate.

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Sponsor(s): Indiana University Research Gateway

 

Staff Council Professional Development Grant

Rolling Deadline(s): Thursday, December 1, 2016; Saturday, April 1, 2017

About: In 2014, the IUPUI Staff Council began awarding grants three times annually to staff to pursue professional development opportunities. The purpose of the Professional Development Grants program of the IUPUI Staff Council is to award recognition and financial support to individual staff members who engage in professional development activities that will enhance the status of and demonstrate the value of the entire staff at IUPUI.

Audience: All IUPUI staff members. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about civic minded professionalism in the academy.

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Sponsor(s): IUPUI Staff Council

 

Campus Opportunities – Convenings, Workshops, & Conferences

Chancellor’s Diversity Series: An Evening with Wes Moore

Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: IUPUI Hine Hall Ballroom

About: Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, promising business leader, and author. A White House Fellow from 2006-2007, Moore served as a special assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Following his time at the White House, Moore became an investment professional in New York at Citigroup, focusing on global technology and alternative investments.

Audience: Free and open to the public

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Near West Neighborhood Conversation for Engaged Faculty and Staff

Date: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Time: Noon – 1:00 pm

Location: Christamore House, 502 N Tremont St. Indianapolis, IN 46222

About: Are you a community engaged faculty or staff member wanting to Learn more about the Quality of Life work happening on the Near Westside of Indianapolis? Please join us for a brown bag lunchtime panel discussion and hear from community organizations discussing their roles in strategic Quality of Life initiatives. You will have the opportunity to Learn more about ongoing programs and projects as well as how you as a practitioner and/or scholar can become involved and partner in moving these initiatives forward.

Audience: Interested faculty, administrators, staff, and students

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Sponsor(s): Office of Community Engagement

 

FYI – Engaged Scholars Blogademia

Helping Participants Make Group Decisions: Key Talents for Better Public Participation, Part 13

About: In this iteration of “Helping Participants Make Group Decisions” Matt Leighninger and Tina Nabatchi discuss dotmocracy and keypad polling as tools for making group decisions. Dotmocracy is also known as “dot-voting” and is “useful for ranking or selecting ideas, alternatives or options.” Voters are given stickers to vote and the option with the most stickers wins. Keypad polling allows organizers to ask multiple choice questions that participants can response to immediately. The results are readily accessible as well.

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Peer Review & Online Networks

Find Peer Reviewers for Your Scholarly Community Work Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

Date: Open

About: Disseminate your work through CES4Health, a program through Community-Campus partnerships for health! CES4Health peer-reviews and publishes products of community-engaged scholarship that are in forms other than journal articles.

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Join the Community and Service Learning Professionals in Higher Education Facebook Group

About: This Facebook group is a networking tool for those working or volunteering in community service, service learning, civic engagement, or alternative breaks. Meet and talk with colleagues, share resources, ask questions, post jobs, and network.

Audience: Interested faculty, staff, students, and community practitioners

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External Opportunities – Convenings, Conferences, & Workshops

Call for Proposal Submissions: C2Uexpo 2017

Proposal Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Conference Dates: Friday, May 3rd – Sunday, May 5th, 2017

Location: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

About: C2Uexpo 2017 will celebrate and showcase community-campus partnerships – local, national and global – which advance social, health, environmental, educational and collective strategies supporting transformation for the common good. We invite proposals that: Highlight the impacts that community-campus partnerships are making in society, communities, and lives of individuals.

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Sponsor(s): Simon Fraser University

 

Call for Proposals: Indiana Campus Compact’s 7th Annual Service Engagement Summit

Proposal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Conference Dates: Monday, February 27th – Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

About: We will focus on the role of social justice in higher education through the lens of power, priviledge, and the coming together of communities. While this focus may seem narrow, we do encourage you to think about what your motivation is for the work you do; we think you will find that you look through the lens of making life better for your fellow citizens.

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Sponsor(s): Indiana Campus Compact

 

Online Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization: Open for Registration

Early Bird Registration Deadline: November 25, 2016

About: The Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization builds capacity for the transformation of knowledge into action. Participants will learn to identify and address barriers to knowledge mobilization, transfer or exchange, and use tools and techniques to facilitate the development of evidence-informed policy and practice.

Audience: KMb practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, and service providers working in the social sciences, human services, and health sectors. Graduate students also welcome.

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Sponsor(s): University of Guelph

 

Call for Proposal Submissions: 7th International Symposium on Service-Learning

Proposal Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Registration Opens: Tuesday, February 7th, 2016

Conference Dates: Wednesday, June 14th – Friday, June 16th, 2017

Location: National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

About: The purpose of the 7th International Symposium on Service-Learning is to focus on transformation in higher education and the role that service-learning plays. The focus will be on experiences of transformation across the globe and how service-learning transforms students to critical citizens, faculty to engaged scholars and communities into living knowledge incubators. These focal points will be threaded throughout a variety of presentation types and formats to allow for meaningful dialogue among academics, community partners, students, and other professionals.

Audience: Interested faculty, staff, and students

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Sponsor(s): National University of Ireland, Universeieit Stellenbosch University, and University of Indianapolis

 

Global Health and Innovation 14th Annual Conference

Early Bird Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Conference Dates: Saturday, April 22nd – Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Location: New Haven, Connecticut

About: The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference. This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.  Register by July 31 for a 50% discount off of the full rate.

Audience: Interested faculty, staff, and graduate students.

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Sponsor(s): Unite for Sight

 

7th Season Critical Participatory Action Research [PAR] Institute

Applications Due: Monday, January 9th, 2017

Institute Dates: Tuesday, May 30th – Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

Location: CUNY Graduate Center, New York City

About: The Critical Participatory Action Research Institute is designed to introduce theory, methods, and ethics of critical participatory action research (PAR) to graduate students, faculty, and members of community organizations. Through seminars, round-tables, and hands-on workshops with experienced researchers, participants gain the necessary skills and knowledge to integrate a critical PAR approach into their scholarship, research, and/or organizing.

Audience: Faculty, staff, administrators, and students

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2017 AAC&U General Education Assessment: Design for Student Learning

Conference Dates: Thursday, February 23rd – Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

About: AAC&U invites proposals for concurrent sessions at the 2017 Network for Academic Renewal conference. Proposals are invited and encouraged to showcase evidence-based practices that are poised for adaptation in a wide range of institutional types, including community colleges and minority-serving institutions.

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Sponsor(s): Association of American Colleges and Universities

 

Elevating Higher Education for the Public Good: Commitment/Action/Impact

Conference Dates: Thursday, April 6th – Saturday, April 8th, 2017

Location: Denver, Colorado

About: Please join the Western Region of Campus Compact for the 19th Continuums of Service Conference to elevate the commitment, action, and impact of higher education and the public good. This year’s conference will empower students, faculty, administrators, and community partners to embrace a commitment to advance civic and community engagement for a just, equitable, and sustainable future.

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Sponsor(s): Campus Compact, Western Region

 

Publication & Dissemination Opportunities

Call for Stories: Community-Academic Partnerships in Research and Public Health

Story Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

About: Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics will publish a collection of personal stories from academic researchers, service providers, and leaders of community organizations who have actively engaged in community-academic partnerships. We seek stories from individuals who have first-hand experience engaging in community-academic partnerships to conduct research or deliver health services.

Audience: Interested faculty, staff, and students

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Sponsor(s): Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics Journal

Series | The Polis Center presents new SMARTEDGE

Date: May 6, 2016
Time: 12:30 PM-3:00 PM
Location: Ambassador Meeting Room at Sleep Inn & Suites and Conference Center, 1244 W. 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

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The Polis Center is pleased to announce SMARTEDGE: Smart Government, Smart Environment, Smart Communities, a series of presentations on the positive role of science and technology in support of sustainability and quality of life.

The first of these free public events, “The Evolution of Open Source GIS and Its Applications for Big Data Analysis and Smart City,” will be held Friday, May 6, from 12:30-3:00 p.m. in the Ambassador Meeting Room at Sleep Inn & Suites and Conference Center, 1244 W. 16th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Check-in will be held at 12:30, with the program beginning at 1:00 p.m. Beverages will be provided.

Featured Presentation:

The use of open source geographic information system (GIS) software is increasingly considered one of the GIS implementation options for local governments and companies in the USA. Over the past few years, the market share of open source GIS based solutions has gained momentum as more competitors are entering the field, providing better IT integration opportunities, and addressing such issues as the lack of proper software support.

This presentation will shed light on the current state of technology in open source software, and answer questions related to current situation and future technology trends in open source GIS. Topics include strengths and weaknesses of open source solutions, the extent to which open source GIS software is used in local government operations, big data, cloud architecture, and crowd sourcing. The talk will also feature technical demonstrations of successfully implemented real-world solutions based on open source GIS platforms.

Internationally-Recognized Open Source GIS Leader Presenters:

Anthony Calamito is the Federal Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Boundless, which is based in Canada. Anthony has more than 12 years of experience as a Lead Solutions Engineer and Solutions Architect with GIS for the Defense and Intelligence communities. He is also an adjunct instructor at George Mason University in Virginia, where he teaches Introduction to GIS and Geographic Theory and Analysis, and is an American Geographical Society Fellow. Anthony received his Bachelors of Science in geography with a focus on GIS from The Pennsylvania State University. In his role as CTO, Anthony helps guide the overall technical strategy for the company and serves as a bridge between customers and engineering to ensure development tasks and enhancements are documented and properly meet customer requirements. In addition, he helps to identify and qualify business development opportunities, as well as develop marketing materials in conjunction with overall marketing message framework.

Ahmed Osman is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Cartologic, based in Giza, Egypt, which is focused on bridging the gap between proprietary GIS and the freedoms offered by open source GIS. He has been involved in all phases of GIS-based information system development since 1993, including database automation development and management, and applications development and maintenance, database design, application and system design, systems integration, project management, and consulting. Prior to founding Cartologic, Ahmed worked at Esri–the market leader of GIS–for 10 years as an application developer where he implemented several successful applications and enterprise GIS-based projects.

About the Series

SMARTEDGE: Smart Government, Smart Environment, Smart Communities is sponsored by the Polis Center at IUPUI and its partners. The presentations are designed to share and discuss ideas and issues and/or expose the audience to solution and technologies pertaining to smart cities and their linkage to sustainability and resilience, policy and governance, and the overall well-being of communities.

SMARTEDGE guest speakers are thinkers, idea-generators, and implementers of smart city initiatives from industrial, research, governmental, and community entities. The series is geared for those with interest in any of the issues surrounding the concept of the smart city, whether technologic, economic, policy, service, or impact-wise.

Series presentations are expected to cover one or more of the following topics:

  • Issues and concerns related to the data infrastructure underpinning smart city solution (e.g. big data, standards, data interoperability, data privacy, security)
  • Capability of technologies (state-of-the-art, trends, integration, service scales, implementation issues, e.g.)
  • Economics of implementation (cost of infrastructure and technology, return of investment, e.g.)
  • Governance of the systems and adaptability to the changing demands of citizens, business, and political leadership
  • Technical demos
  • Any other topics that are deemed relative

Documentary Screening and Conference | The Story of 1915 in Armenian Documents

You are invited to the documentary screening at IUPUI titled “The Story of 1915 in Armenian The Story of 1915 Image.pngDocuments” on April 25, at 7 p.m. in Campus Center Room 307. The director, Serdar Koc, and Turkish historian Mehmet Perincek will talk about the groundbreaking 2015 EHRC Grand Chamber Decision.

“1915 in Armenian Documents” is a documentary which reveals the history of 1915, when the Ottoman Empire was struggling for its very existence and foes were pressing on all sides. “1915,” documents the inhumanity of war and suffering, armed rebellion and the demise of an empire during World War I. Serkan Koc, who directed the documentary, says “1915” is a factual recounting of events by witness testimony. It is a product of extensive archival research that sheds light on a dark time in history.

The 2016 Summer School of the LabEx DynamiTe | From risk to resilience, from past to present: critical perspectives and comparative approaches

The 2016 Summer School of the LabEx DynamiTe will be held from 6 to 12 July 2016, at LabEx DynamiTe Logothe University of Catania’s Benedictine Monastery (Sicily).

Click here to register online (registration will close on 3 April 2016).

Please note that during this Summer School, courses and conferences will be given both in French and in English. A good level in these two languages is required.

The notion of resilience, which entered the field of geography for the first time in France in 2000, has become a cornerstone in the geography of risk over the past ten years or so. “Resilience” is a polysemic term whose definition and use are under debate today. Thus, we will give precedence to exploratory work that does not take the concept of resilience for granted but rather examines the social and historical conditions of its use by the scientific community.

One way to refine the concept of resilience today is to reflect on scales, especially temporal scales. Observing societies’ responses to ancient perturbations over the long term provides better insight into phases of both adjustment and bifurcation. Knowledge of the past also plays a role in handing down memories of past risks that, according to some researchers, would increase resilience capabilities in the present. Analysis of societies’ responses after a recent traumatic event (natural disaster, war, forced eviction), for its part, allows for much more detailed analysis of the short- and medium-term effects of the induced perturbations. The methodologies used to this aim (for example, participatory or geomatic approaches) also differ from the historical analysis of past events.

Thus, a constant dialogue between past and present case studies shall be offered, involving geographers, sociologists, historians and archeologists. By comparing sites distant in both time and space, common mechanisms that lead to system resilience or on the contrary to major qualitative system reorganizations can be identified.

Four topics shall be covered:

  • historiographical approaches to resilience and the role of temporal scales;
  • resilience and cities;
  • post-disaster resilience;
  • and residential vulnerability.

Click here to find out more about this Summer School.

Conference | The History of Science and Contemporary Scientific Realism

Date: February 19-21, 2016The History of Science and Contemporary Scientific Realism Flyer
Time: FRI 9:30-7:00PM, SAT 9:30-9:00PM,
SUN 9:30-5:00PM

Location: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis IUPUI Campus Center

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For the official website, please visit here.

Presented by Timothy D. Lyons, Department of Philosophy, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA & Peter Vickers, Department of Philosophy, University of Durham, UK present a three day conference: “An Interdisciplinary Meeting For Historians And Philosophers Of Science.”

Scientific realism is roughly the view that the world exists as science describes it. But there is a historical challenge to that view: the fact that many successful theories have been rejected in favor of new theories.

Timothy Lyons, Department of Philosophy chair and associate professor of philosophy of science in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, said the historical challenge involves what he calls the Big Question: Does predictive success mean that scientific theories are true?

This question will drive an upcoming conference, “The History of Science and Contemporary Scientific Realism,” taking place Feb. 19 to 21 at the IUPUI Campus Center. The conference will include 30 scholars from 10 countries discussing the history — and philosophical implications of that history — of topics ranging from genetics to geology, fundamental physics to medicine, chemistry and biology.

Beyond the fact that “the history of science is fascinating,” Lyons suggests that attendees can gain valuable insight on at least two matters:

“The first is the intrinsically interesting Big Question,” he said. “People watch ‘Cosmos,’  hear about DNA evidence [and] watch movies meant to be based on scientific theories. A huge portion of our contemporary worldview comes from science. Are its theories true? A desired outcome of the conference is a better understanding of the answers to the Big Question.”

Lyons also hopes that recognizing the success of discarded theories would encourage scientists to question what is treated as fact today. Scientists themselves are too busy studying nature to study the history of science, he said, and are likely unaware of past predictive successes and the way in which false parts of theories contributed to those successes.

“There is much to be uncovered in the history of science,” said Lyons, “and if we gather evidence about which parts of successful scientific theories have been retained, and which parts have not, such evidence could inform today’s scientists in their own theorizing.”

The conference is funded by a three-year grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, located in the United Kingdom. Lyons and his research partner, Peter Vickers, a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Durham University (United Kingdom), were awarded the grant for their project titled “Contemporary Scientific Realism and the Challenge from the History of Science.”

As for his personal position, Lyons said, “If I’m advocating anything, it’s that, in the quest for truth — or even in the quest only for further successful predictions — the history of science suggests we should not sit complacent with what is accepted today. In fact, we may well find good precedent in the history of science for creatively challenging even the most fundamental components of our best theories, despite their predictive success.”

Registration is $35 before Feb. 15 and $45 after Feb. 15. Space is limited. For more information, please contact Mary Lee Cox at Cox24@iupui.edu.

Supported by the AHRC funded project “Contemporary Scientific Realism and the Challenge from the History of Science.”

 

Conference | The History of Science and Contemporary Scientific Realism

Date: February 19-21, 2016
Location: Indiana University-Purdue University IndianapolisIUPUI Campus Center

Hosted by Timothy D. Lyons, Department of Philosophy, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA & Peter Vickers, Department of Philosophy, University of Durham, UK present a three day conference: “An Interdisciplinary Meeting For Historians And Philosophers Of Science.”

Shedding light on episodes in the history of science (both distant and recent) which have received little attention in the scientific realism debate, especially cases where historical actors had significant explanatory / predictive successes with a theory now rejected. Bringing historical case studies to bear on philosophical positions, especially those coming under the broad heading of ‘scientific realism’. We especially welcome papers that engage with ‘selective’ or ‘divide et impera’ realism.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Jed Buchwald
  • Anjan Chakravartty
  • Helge Kragh
  • Stathis Psillos
  • Jutta Schickore
  • Betty Smocovitis
  • P. Kyle Stanford

Supported by the AHRC funded project “Contemporary Scientific Realism and the Challenge from the History of Science.”

For the official webiste, please visit here.

Conference: Is the new spirituality your grandmother’s religion? And other ‘big questions’

INDIANAPOLIS — As more and more Americans define themselves as “spiritual” but not RNS-FARNSLEY-COLUMNreligious, and scholars talk about and study “lived religion,” is the once-familiar term “religion” now primarily a reference to institutions or denominations?

And how fares the debate over the existence of “civil religion” — patriotism as the true faith of Americans as opposed to what is practiced in churches, synagogues or mosques?

These questions and others are up for discussion next week when more than 100 scholars from across the country gather in Indianapolis for the fourth in a series of conferences on the role of religion in American life.

The Fourth Biennial Conference on Religion and American Culture takes place June 4 to 7 at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The registration fee is $135 for professionals, $85 for students.

“As in the past, this conference will address many of the ‘big questions’ in the field,” said Philip Goff, executive director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. “This conference will have something for everyone as we struggle together with the big questions behind our work.”

Answering the question “What does religion mean?” is relevant given the continuing changes across the entire field of American religion and the various disciplines that study it, including history and sociology.

“As the landscape of religion in America changes, we have to keep track of the way we are describing it,” said Arthur E. Farnsley II, associate director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture. “What do different academic fields mean by religion when they talk about it? Do historians think about religion as sociologists do? It is not that we all have to agree, but we had better understand what everyone is saying.”

Other “big” questions for discussion during the conference are:

How does globalization affect our research and teaching about American religion?
In what ways do markets, class and labor shape religion, and how does religion shape them?
How has an era of constantly being at war influenced our thinking about civil religion and cults and sects?
And what do we make of the seemingly competing models of pluralism and secularization?

The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture and its Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation are conference sponsors.

A complete conference schedule and registration are available online.